Around your outdoor living space, add beds of mulch instead of grass. “It’s one of the best investments you can have in your yard because mulch breaks down, fertilizes your plants, and prevents weeds, ” says Chris. “It’s low-maintenance because you don’t have to mow it or water it. It’s also inexpensive and you only have to replace it in the spring.” An added perk: Mulch also provides a pleasant aroma for your yard. Landscape Contractors will tell you, more outdoor space means more chances to entertain in warm weather — and less work for you. “Creating outdoor living spaces lends itself to low-maintenance landscaping because you can extend your home while having fewer grassy areas to care for, ” says Peyton. The couple has a stone patio with a grilling area, dining table, and separate fire pit area in their home. Similarly, a deck is an equally low-maintenance option.
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Xeriscaping Can Save Water, Effort, Money
Those who have had to mow lawns all their lives are acutely aware of just how much work lawns are. But lawns can also be costly, as when you have to replace one that has succumbed to drought. Don’t wait for drought to strike to reconsider the wisdom of having extensive, labor-intensive, thirsty lawns. Instead, take preemptive action by changing your landscape design. One water-wise alternative to lawns is xeriscaping, using plants such Sedum Autumn Joy.
Stay away from rubber mulch. And Bradford pears.
The house. The yard. It’s all a part of the American dream, right? But after a few seasons with raking, mowing, fertilizing, watering, weeding, pruning, and more, having a yard can feel more like an endless fever dream.
Having a yard doesn’t have to suck up every a moment of your life. The trick is picking plants and landscaping materials that don’t need tons of help from you to look good. Here’s what to plant so you can reclaim some time.
Pick bushes you don’t need to prune constantly. The time you spend trimming boxwoods into tidy little balls is part of your life you’ll never get back.
Azaleas: They look best when you let them grow into natural, unpruned drifts. There are more than 10, 000 named varieties, so there’s an azalea for your yard and climate. They can live for a century so you may die before they do. If you live in colder climate, go with rhododendrons, azaleas’ larger, tougher cousins. Emerald Green Arborvitae: It’s a fast-growing evergreen that can stand up to heat and humidity. It’s a good choice for a hedge. They’re tidy, Christmas-tree shaped plants you’ll never need to prune. Hydrangeas: They’re fast growing and covered with fab blooms from spring till fall. Prune a hydrangea and it will not make flowers, which defeats the purpose of having them. There are hundreds of varieties so you’ll find one that will thrive in your area. Cryptomeria: This one’s a fast-growing evergreen that tolerates neglect. It’s also called a Japanese cedar. It’s tall, tapering, and elegant.